CITY OF LOS ANGELES PROPOSES COMMERCIAL CANNABIS ACTIVITY ORDINANCE

Proposed “Medical” and “Adult Use” Commercial Cannabis Activity in the City of Los Angeles 

The proposed City of Los Angeles Commercial Cannabis Location Restriction Ordinance, drafted by the Department of City Planning, would establish location restrictions and a limited immunity from enforcement of specified City prohibitions relating to various types of medical and nonmedical commercial cannabis activities. The location restrictions address zoning and distancing requirements to protect sensitive sites and avoid over-concentration of commercial cannabis activity.

Kev Provisions of the City’s Commercial Cannabis Location Restriction Ordinance

The Commercial Cannabis Location Restriction Ordinance is only one component of a broader legislative approach to commercial cannabis in the City. This proposed ordinance, drafted by the Department of City Planning (DCP), is limited in scope to restricting the location of various types of commercial cannabis activity. Additional legislation is being developed by the City to, among other matters, establish a Cannabis Commission and operating and additional public safety restrictions for commercial cannabis activity.

Key elements of the ordinance:

  1. Identifies zones and required distances from sensitive sites for specified commercial cannabis activity.
  2. Provides for limited specified commercial cannabis activity to assert limited immunity from enforcement of specified City prohibitions so long as the activity is conducted by persons operating under a State license and Certificate of Compliance issued by the City’s Cannabis Commission, and meets the location restrictions in the ordinance and additional regulations.

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